I have never been a big fan of clipping coupons. It seemed like a lot of work, scouring the newspaper, cutting out little pieces of paper to save 40 cents here, 20 cents there. Half of them I wouldn’t even use, and of the ones I did use, half of those were for stuff I didn’t really want. I just bought them because I could save a little money. Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, coupon clipping has become a thing of the past… for most of us, anyway. Here are a few of my favorite free apps for saving money.
Groupon is an app that provides tons of coupons for almost every type of product you can think of. If you can spend money on it, you can probably find a “Groupon” for it. So what the heck is a Groupon? A Groupon is a coupon that you get through the app. Lots of local businesses offer Groupons to get people to try their products. You can search for Groupons from local businesses, or you can order products online. You don’t even need to print them out. Just show your smartphone at the place of business, and they can scan it right there. I personally like to search for products I am going to use anyway, like batteries. If you buy it, you can probably find it on Groupon.
You know there are lots of Internet coupons out there. But how do you find them? And why can you never find one for say, Amazon, when you’re shopping at Amazon.com? Honey makes it easy. Just install the Honey extension to your browser. Once it’s installed, whenever you are shopping at a supported store, Honey will appear at checkout and apply every promo code in its database to see if your purchase qualifies for a discount. If multiple codes apply, it picks the biggest one. It is clipping coupons with literally no effort! And even if none of the promo codes apply, at certain stores, you get Honey Gold, which can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. It’s none of the downside of coupon clipping and all of the upside.
Ibotta is a free app that pays you cash back for purchases. Period. That’s it. You simply download the app, purchase some of the items on the list, snap a picture of the receipt, and you get paid. It is a little more difficult than Honey in that you have to select the items you purchased or intend to purchase prior to snapping the receipt, and sometimes you have to watch a video, but it is a small inconvenience. Plus, you can connect to your friends on Facebook and see how much they are saving too. So it has a social aspect to it too.
This is one of my favorites. Open the Shopkick app, walk into a participating store, and instantly earn “kicks.” Find the listed products in the store and scan the barcode –> more kicks. Purchase some of the items on the list an snap a picture of the receipt –> lots of kicks. So what are these “kicks,” anyway? They are Shopkick’s version of points. They can be redeemed for gift cards at various retailers like Walmart and Target. Another easy way to get cash back for shopping.
Walmart Savings Catcher
You may have heard of Walmart’s price match policy. If a local retailer advertises the same product that Walmart sells, at a lower price, Walmart will match the price. Unfortunately, this seems a lot like coupon clipping to me. You have to scour the local ads and then bring them with you to Walmart and compare the price of everything you buy. Fortunately, Walmart has streamlined the process through the “savings catcher” feature in the Walmart app. It’s really easy:
- Go to Walmart.com and register.
- Download the app and login to your account.
- Scan your Walmart receipt’s QR code.
- Get paid.
It may take 48 hours after submitting your receipt to get paid. Just let your savings build up and, when you have enough, cash them in for a Walmart gift card. It couldn’t be easier. Click Here! for my detailed review of the Walmart App.
There are more apps out there that can save you money, and I may post some reviews of them in the future. In the meantime, have you used any of these apps? How do you like them? Drop me a Comment below and let me know.
Have a great day!